Friday, May 15, 2009

my favorite breakfast

I grew up in a little town called Somis in Southern California. This is a little agricultural community north of Los Angeles and South of Santa Barbara in Ventura County. The perfect location. It was filled with lemon, lime, grapefruit, avocado, and orange trees. There were also many strawberry fields and other produce surrounding this little place. I haven't lived here in years or even visited, but everyone says it has changed so much and what used to be acres of citrus trees is now developed.

We lived way out far from any neighbors on 42 acres of the above mentioned trees. In the mornings my mother would sometimes send one of us kids outside to pick a few grapefruits and avocados. We would often have grapefruit and avocado on toast for breakfast. Some days we picked oranges and made orange juice. This was just everyday normal to me. Now that I don't have that, I realize how much I took that for granted. These are the very items I purchase at the grocery stores and farmer markets.

This is just a food memory post I guess. I miss Somis. I miss California. I miss fresh produce picked directly off the tree.

I don't have the energy to research this, but grapefruit supposedly:
  • boosts your metabolism and aids in weight loss
  • cures migraines ( i tried it once and it worked, but it could be the "placebo effect")
  • lowers cholesterol
  • prevents kidney stones
  • protects against certain types of cancers
It also just so happens to be my favorite scent. I love grapefruit scented lotions, soaps, lip glosses, perfumes, candles, etc. The Body Shop has some nice grapefruit items. This is my favorite perfume. It doesn't have grapefruit essences in it, but it smells citrusy and grapefruity to me anyway. I've been wearing this since I was 16 or 17. I LOVE it.

What's your typical daily breakfast?


Meadowlark said...

Steel cut oats.

But I want to put this out there: Many officers have high cholesterol and take medication for it. Grapefruit and many of the statin drugs are a bad mix. Check with your pharmacist about the mix if your guy takes statins.

Celina said...

Interesting.!! That Origins Spring Fever fragrance is my favorite too.

Jessica O'Brien said...

I found your blog recently and have been combing through the archives. My dad is from Somis and most of his family still lives there. Crazy to hear someone know of it, or more so - be from there!

Amie said...

I'm an ex-police dispatcher and am married to a police detective. I just happened upon your blog and was a bit stunned to read that you are from Somis! I'm in Ventura and have friends in Somis. What a small world. Anyway, love your blog...and was just wondering if you are Asian (bentos and stuff). I'm Japanese. So happy I came across your blog!